Up Against the Wall
Up Against the Wall appears biweekly. All accounts are rewritten from Summit County law enforcement agency logs. Names are withheld for privacy; individuals are assumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
Breckenridge Police cited a man for animal cruelty and turned his puppy over to animal control officers after repeatedly finding the dog locked up in an SUV.
The officers took pictures of the grim scene showing a truck full of feces, a dried up water dish and garbage and cigarette ashes throughout the car. The officers discovered the scene after repeatedly visiting the car to deliver parking tickets for illegal parking in the Tiger Dredge lot. Tinted windows hid the complete scene until officers opened the truck.
The owner was cited for not registering the dog or vaccinating it against rabies, in addition to the animal cruelty charge, and he is scheduled to appear in the town’s municipal court.
A Silverthorne woman called police complaining she was singled out by landlords and then harassed by a neighbor when she tried to do something about it.
The woman told the reporting police officer she received a letter stating she was in violation of her renter’s agreement because her car’s registration had expired. To prove the apartment managers weren’t evenly enforcing the stipulation, she went out into the parking lot to photograph a neighbor’s car, which also had an expired registration.
During the photo shoot, however, the neighbor came out and asked, “What are you doing, b-ch?”
The officer checked the story with the neighbor and told both women to not continue with any disputes.
Snow keeps officers busy
Excessive snow last week kept law enforcement agencies on their toes, especially in Breckenridge. The town recorded 35 motor vehicle accidents in the past two weeks.
Aggressive ashcan advocate
Two men at Copper Mountain called police after being accosted by another man outside a restaurant. The men told a sheriff’s deputy they were approaching the restaurant when one threw a cigarette butt on the ground.
The man exiting the restaurant called them names and reportedly threatened to break them in half as an exercise.
Neither man wanted to press charges and the threatening man could not be located.
The most honest DUI suspect ever
Most DUI suspects tell police officers who pull them over that they’ve had one or two drinks.
A Silverthorne officer pulled over a man after observing him fail to use a turn signal, drive about 400 yards in the wrong lane and then stop erratically in the roadway. The man told the officer he’d had seven beers in three hours.
The officer booked the man on a DUI charge and released him to his wife.
The smelliest DUI suspect ever
A sheriff’s office deputy arrested a man in the Keystone area after watching him fail to use a turn signal and then failing How Drunk Are You Really? roadside tests. The man told the deputy he’d had no alcohol, and staff at Summit Medical Center performed a blood draw to test that statement.
The deputy noted in his report that the man spoke very little during this episode. He did, however, make quite a bit of noise:
“He did display some disrespect to others around him, allowing flatulence to pass freely at the hospital, in my vehicle and at the jail,” the deputy wrote in his report. “When I told him not to do this in my car, he replied, “Sorry, dude, I got gas.'”
Reid Williams can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 237, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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